In this timely piece, Dr. Lisa Bell provides an overview of the strengths/cautions of online tutoring and argues that despite all these changes, what we need to preserve is the writing center’s ethos of being flexible and adapting to the needs of our students. In other words, our aim shouldn’t be to maintain the dynamics of f2f, but rather, to maintain our values as writing center practitioners.
This series tells the story of two writing centers and their Long Nights Against Procrastination.
The goal of this essay is to help the field re-see the value of asynchronous writing center work and to demonstrate why it should be as an innovation rather than a disruption, a valid option for students, rather than a subpar alternative.
Are you one of the many students who lives kinda far (or really, really far) from campus? Are you a primary caretaker? Do you work full-time? Go to school part-time? Perhaps you have a physical disability that makes coming to campus–or talking and reading with a Writing Center tutor–really tough, even impossible.
Keywords websites, writing center history, gopher sites, asynchronous, writing across the curriculum (WAC) Abstract My article demonstrates how to integrate the static web pages with the dynamic forum for an effective learning experience on the OWL. I explain, through recent research, why asynchronous feedback provides effective, individualized writing instruction to students with various learning styles …
In her article “Composition’s Imagined Geographies: The Politics of Space in the Frontier, City, and Cyberspace,” Nedra Reynolds sums up in three words something nearly all writing instructors have learned keenly by experience: “Space does matter.” For better or for worse, our authority as writing instructors is often drawn from the contexts in which we’re working – as are the practices through which we enact that role.
Misemer discusses her experience conducting online tutoring appointments via Skype with two tutors and one student, what she calls “paired Skype tutoring.” Misemer found an increase in tutor confidence, as well as benefits to having two tutors with complimentary strengths assisting the student.
In part 2 of this post, the author details the piloting of screencast software as an additional tool the writing center is using in their e-mail feedback to students. He reports positive anecdotes from students who received the screencasts, but poses some important questions about the efficacy and use of screencasts in writing centers.
Those of us lucky enough to teach in a classroom or tutor in a writing center recognize how much learning can happen in a 30-minute conversation. Spending those same 30 minutes writing comments on a student’s paper can feel like we’re teaching only a fraction of what we’re capable of, and yet writing these comments is an enormous part of our work!
When I first started thinking about sophistry, I had trouble understanding the vehemently low regard in which their contemporaries held the sophists. In trying to wrap my brain around the sophistic reputation, I found myself looking for the sophists’ contemporary parallel and in so doing, I recalled my own consternation regarding the ever-expanding field of online education.